…Former President Goodluck Jonathan and 5 other ECOWAS presidents to visit Mali with restoring peace in mind
Nigeria’s immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan will return to Bamako on Thursday in the company of five other Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) presidents, with a grand objective of resolving the current socio-political crises in Mali, and thereby restoring peace.
There is a High-Level Mission of presidents to assist the former President Jonathan as he travels to resume his mediation mission. The presidents include Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari; Ghana’s President, Nana Akuffo-Addo; Senegal’s President, Macky Sall; Cote d’ Ivore’s President, Alassane Quattara; and Niger’s President and Chair of ECOWAS Authourity, Mahamadou Issoufou.
The regional leaders are expected to have consultations with various national stakeholders in Mali with the purpose of agreeing to find a lasting solution to the political challenges in the country.
Jonathan and his team spent 3 days in Mali last week with the recommendation of structuring a national unity government that would draft its members from diverse interest groups as well as coalition associations, opposition parties and the civil society.
The recommendation, which was welcomed by the majority of the people consulted with, however, was not embraced by the opposition backed M5 coalition which maintains that Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita should step down amidst other stiff conditions.
It is highly projected that the visit of the Jonathan-led High-Level Mission will resolve the crises once and for all for the peace of Mali and the entire ECOWAS region.